Plastics: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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  1. Jeffrey Charbonneau
    Jeffrey Charbonneau
    Tund tagasi

    I worked for a garbage company. And you have no idea the dumb things people try to recycle... like wood. Because you know card board and paper are wood right? So wood is recycling?... but most of the recycling after 2018 we just threw out as trash anyways at the dump because it was cheaper. They charged us more to take recycling than trash so It made sense to the boss. Now they're paying for cardboard again instead of charging so that is recycled but plastics and glass gets trashed

  2. Emilia Panish-Hoffmann
    Emilia Panish-Hoffmann
    Päev tagasi

    Does anyone know why you have to verify your age to see this video?

  3. RoyalRavioli
    2 päeva tagasi

    why this video is age restricted dis beyond me. this is important information that already flies past so many people and is made even less available :/

  4. Taranizs
    2 päeva tagasi

    China's plan worked, obviously. Step 1; get the world to send us all their plastic junk. Step 2; use borderline slave-labor to process and sort out that plastic. Step 3; use other borderline slave labor to make practically everything people want to buy. Step 4; BIG PROFIT! And once they became the 2nd largest economic power in the world, they didn't need to deal with that bullshit anymore, so they shut it down.

  5. Ryan Rainer
    Ryan Rainer
    3 päeva tagasi

    See, the key thing he's on to here is "It is obvious that meaningful change is only going come through being able to force..." Force is needed.

  6. entertainment experience
    entertainment experience
    4 päeva tagasi

  7. meomarte
    6 päeva tagasi

    Age restricted video. Can not watch without giving YT my credit card details. Thank you YT!

  8. Stigma
    8 päeva tagasi

    Best thing for everything on the planet (except humans): Get rid of humans.

  9. First Name
    First Name
    10 päeva tagasi

    earning my wings

  10. First Name
    First Name
    10 päeva tagasi

    No to plastics of any kind. Boobs counted.

  11. Nathan Hall
    Nathan Hall
    11 päeva tagasi

    Kinda wish there had been at least a mention of pyrolysis to convert mixed plastic waste into either plastic pellets that can be used in any extrusion plant or into diesel fuel. It's not perfect and there's not a ton of it out there yet, but it does get around the issue of only certain plastic types being recyclable with traditional methods (i.e. any plastic type goes in, gets heated in very high temp/low oxygen conditions, and depending on process comes out as contaminant-free pellets or high purity liquid fuel. Downside is the energy input required)

  12. JahRandom
    12 päeva tagasi

    Here in CT (up until recently, where they were outlawed in the entirety) single use plastic bags cost a dime. So, I think what would make a large difference, at least regarding said bags, is if rather than the bags costing a dime, that dime was a deposit. And if one could bring the bags to recycling centers, or if there were machines, where one could return them and get your dime deposit back; just like what is done with soda/beer cans and bottles. Is it just me who thinks this? It feels so obvious, I don't understand how this wasn't done from the beginning...

    1. JahRandom
      12 päeva tagasi

      I know a lot of people dont return cans to get their nickel back, but I know I certainly do. And a lot of others do too. I also think that more people would return bags vs. cans because, A.) a dime is more worth the trouble than a nickel is. B.) a bag full of bags is much easier for us lazy Americans to lug around and return than a bag full of cans. And C.) due to bags being easier to lug around, one could bring many more bags in one returning trip than one could/typically would cans, therefore getting a "worthwhile" amount of money in one trip returning them. But who knows...maybe it's just me...

  13. Michael Williams
    Michael Williams
    13 päeva tagasi

    The material on which our modern world is built, is now within us. Poetic

  14. Andrew Pfeiffer
    Andrew Pfeiffer
    13 päeva tagasi

    I can't decide whether the goat costume or the ted cruz fish is creepier

  15. Toby Lister
    Toby Lister
    14 päeva tagasi

    I called the number at 6:59. Did not disappoint.

  16. Christy O'Faghan
    Christy O'Faghan
    15 päeva tagasi

    why is this video age-restricted in parts of Europe ?

  17. jouneymanwizard
    17 päeva tagasi

    6:55 - Please, somebody tell me they called that number?

  18. hans2006
    18 päeva tagasi

    Member when everything on the internet was available to everybody and it was your choice to make? I member.

  19. Thomas Anderson
    Thomas Anderson
    18 päeva tagasi

    13:10 "... bigger than France, Germany, and Spain combined ... " Cute of you to think Americans know how big ANY of those countries are. Might I suggest: "... bigger than California, New Mexico, and Texas combined ... "

  20. Silviu
    19 päeva tagasi

    9:32 can you check that number? "average american goes through 4000 umbrellas a year." does not sound correct.,year%20old%20Egypt%20and%20Assyria. says: "Over 33 million umbrellas are sold in United States each year" (based on John's claim, 4,000 umbrellas x 328,000,000 americans = 1,312,000,000,000 are sold per year in the usa)

  21. dear mira
    dear mira
    20 päeva tagasi

    Seems to be the general consensus of the monsters that run this horror show, we as the hoy poloy are to blame for all their mistakes. I strongly doubt multi million dollar corperations will recycle when it costs less to make new products. Money is the epitome of these scenarios. It reflects the psychological trolley car question. On one track is your loved one, on the other track is non emotionally connected amounts of non stop money.... I rest my case.

  22. mmmmSmegma
    20 päeva tagasi

    While I like the idea that the onus lies the companies I just don't see it having a practical/reasonable effect; they have all the money and power in the world. The burden is going to fall on us : the regular ol' jackass citizen.

  23. Malaika Coleman
    Malaika Coleman
    23 päeva tagasi

    Did they put the goat in black face?

  24. Iosif Konstantourakis
    Iosif Konstantourakis
    25 päeva tagasi

    I watched this video back in March no problem. Why is it suddenly age restricted? Content "too sensitive" for plastics' companies apparently, since I am logged in and Google/EEfast already know my age. Pretty effective shitty tactic though - I will never upload a credit card or ID to watch a EEfast video

  25. James McGuinness
    James McGuinness
    25 päeva tagasi

    Thank you John

  26. Stingra87
    25 päeva tagasi

    The only real hope for everyone in the comments section is to die before things really hit the fan. Because we're all doomed, it's just a matter of when, not if, now. The chance to fix things was the 90s and it's long past.

  27. Jonathan Adami
    Jonathan Adami
    26 päeva tagasi

    The irony is: chucking plastics in the ocean, waiting until fish eat, get the fish and later eating the fish and the plastic is the best recycling machine!

  28. pink fat rabbit
    pink fat rabbit
    26 päeva tagasi

    wtf age restriction

  29. Mark Sargent-Bennett
    Mark Sargent-Bennett
    26 päeva tagasi

    Pls bring back the crowd and re do all episodes

  30. TLeafTreasures
    27 päeva tagasi

    I imagine the people at the recycling centres are massively frustrated on an hourly basis because people just toss everything in there. Ive spoken to some recycling centres in the last and plastic bags and bubble wrap type stuffing for boxes have the recycling arrows all over them but they are NOT a 1 or 2 and just wreck the machinery if they get through. It’s sad and anger inducing at the same time and until a majority STOP buying things in unnecessary plastic or unrecycleable containers, I see. I reason why corps will change their ways.

  31. Mochamad Syarief Maulana
    Mochamad Syarief Maulana
    27 päeva tagasi


  32. Jessica Vo
    Jessica Vo
    27 päeva tagasi

    America should boycott Coca Cola

  33. FuzzyLogicxxx
    28 päeva tagasi

    Why the hell I have to verify my age to watch this video? That's not going to happen.

  34. Wayne Igoe
    Wayne Igoe
    28 päeva tagasi

    The fact that EEfast isn't allowing ANY recommended videos on this says a LOT

    1. JahRandom
      12 päeva tagasi

      Idk but I think that might jus be you. I have the usual recommended videos below the video on my device/screen.

  35. NOAH R
    NOAH R
    28 päeva tagasi


  36. Madame Medusa
    Madame Medusa
    29 päeva tagasi

    Cannot watch this due to youtube's 'age restriction policy'. Any tips? Cause this is getting increasingly shitty

  37. Schrodingers Brain cell
    Schrodingers Brain cell
    29 päeva tagasi

    Damn the Zoomer jokes were STRONG this episode.. what, with calling mc goates a furry, and a BTS joke…

  38. Kai Anderson Flynn
    Kai Anderson Flynn
    29 päeva tagasi


  39. Betonoszlop
    29 päeva tagasi


  40. Alex M
    Alex M
    Місяць tagasi

    So I need to upload my ID to youtube to watch this. what?!

  41. H
    Місяць tagasi

    I'm just playing games I know that's plastic love Dance to the plastic beat Another morning comes

  42. Sean D
    Sean D
    Місяць tagasi

    I was not laughing at this when I watched this the first time. It's 100% true.

  43. Little Flame
    Little Flame
    Місяць tagasi

    Nothing this comment section says really matters after watching this.

  44. Daeil Kim
    Daeil Kim
    Місяць tagasi

    "Sign in to confirm your age This video may be inappropriate for some users." google finds this video is inappropriate while the "SLAPP Suits" episode passes the Community Guidelines with zero issues? or is the topic making google uncomfortable?

  45. Quas Asmr
    Quas Asmr
    Місяць tagasi

    Welp now I know about thigh strap ons, at least I dont know how they're used.

  46. JoMac
    Місяць tagasi

    Tell us something we haven't known for ages.

  47. blueconversechucks
    Місяць tagasi

    Just so you know, A LOT of plastic items are type 1, which is recyclable in most places. Check the number before you buy, and before you recycle.

  48. Razorflamekun 11
    Razorflamekun 11
    Місяць tagasi

    why is this video age restricted

  49. Mario Mikschovsky
    Mario Mikschovsky
    Місяць tagasi

    I am very saddened about this statement.

  50. Neohampster
    Місяць tagasi

    Honestly we need to go back to glass. Glass and metal are the only things I bother recycling because maybe two or three things a month I use in my house that are paper or plastic even qualify for recycling so it's just a waste. Glass and Metal are almost always fine, actually DOING the recycling does take a huge amount of energy and can pollute of course but that is a problem we can fix, we can't fix plastic being shitty. Producers stopped using glass because it allowed them to save money on shipping (glass is way heavier to move) and production (glass is far more expensive to produce and worth with) then they passed those savings onto their board of directors while making us pay for the downsides. Finding out at the EPR thing honestly just pisses me off, our country is so aggressively built to benefit the rich to the detriment of everyone else that it makes me sick.

  51. K. A.
    K. A.
    Місяць tagasi

    Nestle can lie their ass off as long there is calming music in the clip everything is ok.

  52. K. A.
    K. A.
    Місяць tagasi

    Remember the Tucker video in which he claimed he want to protect western civilization values and has no respect for countries that do not use firks? Seems Malaysia is also one of these countries.

  53. firefox5926
    Місяць tagasi

    1:27 if your targeting the highschool demo your probably better off useing soft core porn...

  54. Fabzil
    Місяць tagasi

    I grew up in the 90s in West Europe and I never met a single person who believed that plastics could be recycled o_0 This is news to me

  55. DUI CIC
    Місяць tagasi

    Why is this age restricted? Is this some sort of bad joke? And NO, Google, I am not giving you my credit card or ID.

  56. Diva Livingston
    Diva Livingston
    Місяць tagasi

    I watched the real documentary that is shown at the beginning of this video where the female interviewer talks to the DEQ male in a grocery store in this state. This has good content but the humor somewhat lessens the serious issue.

  57. Bryce Barbato
    Bryce Barbato
    Місяць tagasi

    Why didn't you guys/gals discuss the direction that China is taking with regards to banning one-use plastics?

  58. Amy c
    Amy c
    Місяць tagasi

    For anyone wondering: the phone number at 6:55 is a Hall and Oates hotline

  59. ditsie
    Місяць tagasi

    why in the world would this video be age restricted, the world is broken

  60. Marcus Chamberlain
    Marcus Chamberlain
    Місяць tagasi

    Crazy how this video in particular is age restricted with no reason I can think of, had to update my age through google’s t.o.s to view. Coca Cola if you’re reading this.... fuck you.

  61. Joyful Sorrow
    Joyful Sorrow
    Місяць tagasi

    I was sort of hoping that he'd mention "tonight we're going to be talking about plastics. And by that I don't mean the kind of plastics you might see in a stereotypical highshool movie...." " a furry who can't commit". Because to be a furry, you naturally have to fully commit to the lifestyle. Yes, gatekeeping exists everywhere, even in the furry community. These days, news guys who want to stay relevent simp for the very same things they once would have mocked - in that same attempt to be popular. But sure, no one can say that BTS isn't made up of a bunch of conventionally attractive korean guys who happen to like making wacky music videos and sometimes spread meaningful messages through their music... like every other singer in existence... but seriously, I think some other comedians could take a note here about being more open-minded towards things from other cultures...

  62. Tom Niehaus
    Tom Niehaus
    Місяць tagasi

    Starbucks cups are not recyclable, even tho they know a solution is readily available (it's called EarthCoating). Their management know all they need to do is set some goal they have no intention of ever meeting and their uninformed customers will say gee, aren't they great... btw United Airlines cups are recyclable, so are Burger King's in Australia - the fiber can be reused up to 7 times, but the tree killing industry is pushing a "compostable" cup to destroy the fibers (kill more trees) and fill the "compost" with micro-plastics, which you are you and the fish are going to be eating soon...

  63. DCStudios iPhone
    DCStudios iPhone
    Місяць tagasi

    Blob fish looks bad because it’s OUT OF WATER! We wouldn’t look so great either if beamed into space without any suit. #DefendTheBlobfish

  64. onequartercanadian
    Місяць tagasi

    a few nights after this episode, i legit had a nightmare involving Totes McGoats

  65. Charles England
    Charles England
    Місяць tagasi

    “You’re like a furry who can’t commit.” Oh that hurt my sides so much.

  66. Craterfist
    Місяць tagasi

    The phrase "carbon footprint" was made by BP as a method for pushing blame for pollution onto individuals.

  67. yakJaxx
    Місяць tagasi

    I'm surprised he didn't address all of the plastic fishing nets that are in the ocean

  68. Razar Campbell
    Razar Campbell
    Місяць tagasi

    I just wrote this same message somewhere else, so I'll be brief this time: When I did my BSc 20 odd years ago (double major in chemistry) one of the subjects I did was Environmental Chemistry. In my extracurricular studies, I found that recycling papers and plastics actually used more energy and produced FAR more pollution that to simply make new paper and plastics. My study looked at trends over the next 50 years and the relationship was linear, with no reason and no evidence to suggest that extrapolation beyond those 50 years would change the trajectory into anything other than a continuation of that linear progression. Ie: It will ALWAYS be worse for the environment to recycle, than to produce new paper/ plastic. HOWEVER, this was 20 years ago now and the one thing I couldn't account for in my study was the discovery of new recycling tech that would decrease power requirements and/ or decrease the pollution emitted during recycling. So it's theoretically possible that recycling is an environmentally conscionable action these days and if so, I would be VERY eager to hear from any Chemists out there with the appropriate Environmental Chemistry accreditation. If things have changed and my initial conclusions are no longer accurate I would be very eager to hear from you, so please do let me know. Cheers, Raz

  69. Galfin SP
    Galfin SP
    Місяць tagasi

    I wish we used unrecycleable plastic for roads.

  70. Jerome McCollom
    Jerome McCollom
    Місяць tagasi

    Jon said aluminum like an American instead of the British way, the Queen would be ashamed Jon. I am an American and I say that word much easier the British way, by the way

  71. Marcus Price
    Marcus Price
    Місяць tagasi

    Jesus Christ. Stop whining about every goddamn thing in the world. It is the consumers fault. Companies don’t make things that people don’t want to buy. If you want a lettuce that doesn’t come in a plastic container go to the farmers market and buy a lettuce off of a pile of lettuces.

  72. Jon Sullivan
    Jon Sullivan
    Місяць tagasi

    Anybody call the number since I was too scared to?

  73. #1 kukukeke
    #1 kukukeke
    Місяць tagasi

    Dudes, look at SEASPIRECY it is fwking nuts

  74. Erik Lindgren
    Erik Lindgren
    2 місяці tagasi

    a way to recycle plastic is to burn it in a heat plant, ,much much better than putting it in landfils at least!

  75. Aayush dangol
    Aayush dangol
    2 місяці tagasi

    How is this content inappropriate??

  76. PoMaQue
    2 місяці tagasi

    No idea what is being said in the video, but EEfast is blocking this under "age restriction". Only way to watch it, would be to provide credit card or ID card details... like that's ever going to happen. Here's a thumbs up anyway, John Oliver never disappoints.

  77. Lanoira13
    2 місяці tagasi

    This Totes McGoats slander is unacceptable.

  78. eoin leen
    eoin leen
    2 місяці tagasi

    The Richard Kind bit was fucking outstanding!!!

  79. Dave Webster
    Dave Webster
    2 місяці tagasi

    Don't worry John, we can use some new bacteria and fungus to turn old plastics in to petrol! That way it can fuck us twice!

  80. S Saba
    S Saba
    2 місяці tagasi

    "You're like a furry that can't commit" Comic gold!

  81. Clockwork Kirlia
    Clockwork Kirlia
    2 місяці tagasi

    Thanks for drawing attention to this!

  82. Weifeng Zhou
    Weifeng Zhou
    2 місяці tagasi

    6:55 To whom that actually called the number on that picture: 719-266-2837 What happened?

  83. Jaden Cutcher
    Jaden Cutcher
    2 місяці tagasi

    It is a travesty that all it takes for a public safety bill to be shot down is for the corporations it affects to pay a single congressman enough that they introduce a filibuster and then nothing happens because partisanship, and also yeah somehow public safety itself is a partisan issue

  84. Marley Sullivan
    Marley Sullivan
    2 місяці tagasi

    I didn't realize how big of a problem recycling was in the states. Where I live we can recycle all numbers of plastic, the grocery store I work at is days away from eliminating plastic bags and single use plastics are going to be banned in my province completely by the end of the year. Do you guys at least compost? Between what we can recycle and compost where I live we really don't have lots of garbage in comparison. Garbage is collected every two weeks and our bins are rarely full.

  85. Mai-love Beautiful
    Mai-love Beautiful
    2 місяці tagasi

    Maybe it’s time for some companies, like Tropicana, Beneful, etc., who use plastic to store their products to create sites in order to receive back their containers to be reused again. They should create a mailing address and provide consumers with a free shipping label so that they can ship the bottles back to the companies and these companies will sanitize and disinfect the bottles to reuse them. It’s a solution which can help companies save money and reduce pollution. Some bottles, after it’s opened, can be reused.

  86. ZeldaLuvsRoy081901
    2 місяці tagasi

    In Peru, I always remember buying beverages in 1 liter glass bottles for my household, then having to return the glass bottle to the store where I bought it from. Twice a week I remember seeing a guy collect all the empty glass bottles, haul it away on a truck and delivered to the local Coca-cola plant. Not once did I ever see plastic being used. And Peru is a developing country. Just a thought.

  87. Sagesoft Mobi
    Sagesoft Mobi
    2 місяці tagasi

    Damn, He made a episode on the Kardashians

  88. VampyrMygg
    2 місяці tagasi

    Here in Norway, we got something called "pant," it's basically a deposit of between 2 and 3 Norwegian Kroner when you buy a drink in a plastic bottle or aluminum can, and you get it back by placing the empty bottles and cans in a machine (panteautomat) that register each bottle and can at some stores, as a way of making the bottles return again after use. Some Americans on a TV show tried to return bottles, devices that have been around for as long as I can remember, so I don't really think of the fact they're not normal everywhere else. (Pant has been around since like... 1902.) It was kinda an eye-opener of sorts seeing them struggle to figure out how to use it... Though I gotta admit, I ain't got a clue what happens to them after that, I hope they're recycled at least.

  89. Obnika JL Castin
    Obnika JL Castin
    2 місяці tagasi

    Oliver: Moving on .... Me: 🙂

  90. Sergi Sobrino
    Sergi Sobrino
    2 місяці tagasi

    Are you saying Nestlé are being evil? I can't believe it.

  91. Patrick Ivan
    Patrick Ivan
    2 місяці tagasi

    Neat. Saw a clip from Canada's Marketplace! And our township (in Ontario), just put out an email that blatantly lied about black plastics. They said: "Black Plastic is NOT recyclable". The truth is, that much is, and that it's the sorting facility colour scanning devices that sort the plastics, that have issues with black. Then there's a nonsense that EVERYTHING is wrapped or contained in plastic. Obviously I'm being a wee facetious, but go try to buy your week's groceries without ANY plastic, and see how well you do. No cheating and going to a super fringe expensive "organic" store.

  92. Scarlet Psycho Wolf
    Scarlet Psycho Wolf
    2 місяці tagasi

    I wonder how big of a meteor would be made if it was entirely composed of plastic waste. Next thing I was imagining was X Men Apocalypse where Magneto was collecting every grain of iron/metal in the world, except it was plastic waste instead

  93. 4D4N
    2 місяці tagasi

    This video has age limitation by youtube, i can't watch it. why?

  94. Elise Wong Creations
    Elise Wong Creations
    2 місяці tagasi

    There are more zero waste stores popping up in the cities of Malaysia here where you bring your own containers to fill up your dry grocery needs such as spices, noodles, rice etc then they will charge you by weight. These stores are unfortunately small and are started by passionate people who wants to make an impact on the environment. I use tiffins to take away food and I use a reusable cup and a metal straw to order my boba tea. I try to go to the market to buy fresh vegetables without the plastic but with covid, it's really hard and much easier to go to a nearby grocery store where it's all packed in plastic. It would be amazing if the world can be almost plastic free sooner rather than later. To know that plastic might be more than fishes in the ocean is really devastating

  95. vikram mokashi
    vikram mokashi
    2 місяці tagasi

    Why can't I share this video anywhere ??

  96. Damistrok Zane
    Damistrok Zane
    2 місяці tagasi

    I'm Italian and youtube wanted me to write my age before watching this video. I thought "what have John showed this time? something cruel"? yes, the truth. grazie Last Week Tonight

    1. Jordy
      2 місяці tagasi

      Yeah these new EU restrictions are extremely annoying. As if I'm going to send a copy of my ID or pasport to Google...

  97. Cait Frazier
    Cait Frazier
    2 місяці tagasi

    "Because... of course it is." Sigh, of course it is.

  98. punkrockchewbacca
    2 місяці tagasi

    why can't i watch this video without verifying my age, so annoying *blobfish speaks* completely understandable thank you

  99. That Other Guy
    That Other Guy
    2 місяці tagasi

    The goat mascot can’t even see out that thing. I can tell the way those people are guiding him 😂

  100. mohammed enam
    mohammed enam
    2 місяці tagasi

    I only recycle ♻️ paper and glass, plastics recycling is a massive SCAM....